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Newsletter: December 2018 


Charity Update


As we approach the upcoming festive season, now is a good time to update our many supporters on the running costs of Heathrow Special Needs Centre. In many ways 2018 looks to close out as a very successful year with growth in our visitor numbers, increased horse riding and other enhancements to our visitor offering.

This success inevitably puts pressure on HSNC finances as all facilities are offered free of charge to end users, aside from a contribution toward the significant cost of providing horse riding lessons. As an organisation our core running costs are around £8000/Month and this increases significantly when our animals are inside for the winter months rather than feeding on the free grass outside!.

The Centre is grateful for all donations and grants and I would like to thank our regular personal and corporate supporters who provide the vast majority  of our income. These funds give us security in offering the best possible benefit to our clients on a long term basis. Our website allows supporters to set up  a regular donation and for individual donors who can make a Gift Aid Declaration. The charity can also  reclaim Gift Aid on top from HM Revenue and Customs.

Damian, Treasurer


Magic Santa

Santa doesn't usually get the opportunity to show off his party tricks so he particularly enjoys providing the entertainment at the HSNC Christmas Party. Few people know that Magic Santa is a regular visitor to the Centre as he is normally in disguise. He enjoys horse riding and he is always whispering secrets to the horses - you mustn't tell anyone but he waves his magic dust over them on Christmas Eve and they transform  into reindeer to pull the sleigh! 



I don't particularly appreciate the mess Magic Santa makes of my kitchen when he insists of making special Christmas treats for the horses, but it is a pleasure for us to provide the gifts for the Christmas Party as trustees, staff and volunteers do a fabulous job and their time, care and dedication is so very much appreciated.

Wishing you all a very Magical Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Magic Santa's Mum

(Of course Santa has a mum!)


Exposure to Work Experience

The Ealing Careers Cluster Progtamme is aimed at offering young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities an exposure to the world of work, reducing the numbers of young people that end up not in education , employment or training, or not fulfilling their full potential.

Heathrow Special Needs Centre has recently been supporting  this progamme and provided work experience for some of our learners. This has been an invaluable service as it has helped many of them to identify  hidden skills and qualities. In addition, it has helped build their confidence and hopefully will help them towards making an informed choice about career progression. Thank you.

Angela George, Project Manager, Dynamic Training



I was introduced to the Heathrow Special Needs Centre earlier this year and jumped at the opportunity to join the team working with animals and everyone who visits the Centre.

Witnessing visitors enjoying riding for the disabled - spending time with the horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks and small furries (not forgetting my best friend Mistletoe, the turkey) helping to care for them and learning about their welfare - my eyes opened to the huge benefits for everyone  (including myself) in gaining confidence and discovering  our own capabilities within the farm environment.

Seeing how the animal waste (manure) in turn feeds and nourishes plants and seedlings, also forms an important part  of the whole Centre experience for visitors, as does spending time in the indoor Activity Room and Cafe.

And, as for me, I can finally satisfy and fulfil my childhood dream of working on a farm

Verity Jones



Newsletter: October 2018


Charity Update

In a previous newsletter I acknowledged that any future expansion of Heathrow Airport would directly impact HSNC and that as part of the ongoing planning process we would engage with the team overseeing the designs.  These regular meetings continue with information being exchanged to provide a basis for any relocation of the charity. Meanwhile trial inspections of ground conditions and surveys of flora and fauna have taken place.

A power cut affected the Centre back in August and UK Power Networks installed a temporary generator on site for several weeks whilst they remedied the fault outside our boundary. Our visitors enjoyed watching the mini excavators digging exploratory holes around the site as they tried to find the cable break.

Our popular cafe facility provided by the Owen family has evolved. Changed circumstances mean they offer a full service Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. We are exploring options to cover the other weekdays by engagig with a partner organisation who provide work based training for people with special neeeds.

Dorian, Chairman of Trustees  



We really just want to thank you all because you have really changed our lives so much. Beau really loves coming to the Centre and enjoys his time so much to build in confidence and in trusting people. It is so lovely to see him so relaxed and he especially enjoys the dressing up themes.

Thank you the Owen family because you have made us all feel so welcome and the food is so good, yum yum.

I find it so relaxing and therapeutic just being at the Centre and we especially love our walks with little Whispa and watering all the plants.

Thank you everyone. Keep up changing people's lives.

Beau's mum Linda and Pam who is Beau's carer


Thank you for the work experience

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do work experience at the farm. I really enjoyed my time looking afterall the different types of animals and interacting with the users and other volunteers. I was given the opportunity to groom the Shetland ponies, clean out the rabbits and chickens, feed the pigs and many othe tasks.

I have learned how much hard work is required daily by the regular volunteers to keep the farm running for the users. It is an inspiring place to visit and volunteer at surrounded by lots of kind and caring people. Thank you so much for the experience.

Alicia Bryant


Our Vegetable Garden

The growing season  is now coming to an end and our Yard Manager Susan has been liaising with the Heathrow Sheraton Hotel to see if we can work with them to provide fresh produce. We have shown them examples of the crops we have been growing and are happy to purchase from us.



As well as vegetables the hotel is keen for us to provide herbs and flowers so this will hopefully provide a new revenue flow and also new gardening projects for our users.


































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